Ohio Social
Studies Signal

Ohio Social
Studies Signal

State organizations offering opportunities and resources


Ohio Council for the Social Studies connects

The Ohio Council for the Social Studies serves as the premier voice for social studies professionals in Ohio. It advocates for the vital role of social studies and assists educators through professional development for the delivery of effective and innovative instruction. The council’s conferences and publications provide a network of services to members throughout the state. It also is a great way to be a part of the social studies network in Ohio. The professional membership fee is $30.
The Ohio Council for the Social Studies is part of the National Council for the Social Studies. It, too, advocates strongly for the social studies profession by creating greater awareness of the importance of social studies education. Members receive a monthly periodical. Next year’s conference will be in Austin, TX.

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) offers opportunities to enhance citizenship education

  • Free professional development – Dive into the C3 Framework - Looking to learn more about the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework? On Jan. 4, OCLRE is holding the first in a series of four professional development sessions to introduce the framework and provide practical advice to implement inquiry in your classroom. The first two attendees from each organization/school are free.
  • Observe the We the People state competition - We the People teaches students about the history, philosophies, changes and application of the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents. OCLRE invites interested teachers to observe students in action and talk with experienced teachers about classroom implementation. The competition takes place Friday, Feb. 1 at the Ohio Statehouse. Contact Tim Kalgreen at taklgreen@oclre.org or (614) 485-3515 for more information.
  • Professional Development – Get rolling with Middle School Mock Trial - Join OCLRE on Feb. 7 for an introductory professional development to learn about the Ohio Middle School Mock Trial. In addition to program basics such as organizing a team and trial sequence, teaching controversial topics in the classroom also will be discussed. Participants will leave with techniques for teaching controversial topics in an academic setting, as well as tips to provide students with context for better understanding.
  • Go behind the scenes of state government - Join OCLRE Feb. 19-20 for its popular conference, Ohio Government in Action. Teachers will immerse themselves in state government by meeting with state leaders in Ohio’s legislative, executive and judicial branches. There will be behind-the-scenes tours and perspectives, lesson sharing and networking with colleagues. Register today.
  • Teaching the Ohio Constitution? - OCLRE has crafted an inquiry-based lesson to help teachers integrate teaching the Ohio Constitution into the classroom. Students will dive into citizens’ powers under the Ohio and U.S. Constitutions and how government and non-government factors can limit them using the compelling question, “Do citizens exercise meaningful influence over the government?” This inquiry was crafted as part of the 2019 Ohio Constitution Scholars question for the Ohio We the People state competition. Lessons are available to all teachers on the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education website.
  • Recognizing students for civic education excellence - Do you know a student who excels at civic education and is deserving of recognition? The Civics & Law Honor Roll rec­og­nizes sec­ondary school stu­dents (grades 9-12) who demon­strate a com­mit­ment to civic learn­ing and en­gage­ment. Students will be honored on the OCLRE website, in print and outside media outlets. Acknowledge a bright and engaged young Ohioan by nominating them for this honor.
  • AP government teachers: Still looking for activities to support the AP Government & Politics test redesign? - Moot Court is a simulated Supreme Court hearing that challenges students to craft document-based legal arguments. Students will learn skills to help with their AP government test, including the SCOTUS Comparison Essay Question, and will focus on one of the required Supreme Court cases. The 2019 Ohio Moot Court case will be released mid-January. For information and resources, visit the Moot Court website or contact Tim Kalgreen at tkalgreen@oclre.org or (614) 485-3515).

The Barker Center offers workshop on financial preparation for college

The Barker Center for Economic Education at The University of Akron invites educators of grades 7-12 to a free workshop on “Financial Preparation & Pathways for College”. It will be held on March 16 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Participants will hear from experienced financial advisors on strategies and tools that educators and students can use to eliminate and reduce student loan debt. The session will focus on financial fitness tools and strategies for college success. All educators completing the workshop will receive a small honorarium. Registration details are available.